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Appropriate indicators of rail freight activity and market share: a review of UK practice and recommendations for change

By Allan G. Woodburn

Abstract

Growth in rail freight activity features strongly in contemporary transport policy at both\ud the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) scale. Specifically, the British\ud government set an 80 per cent growth target between 2000 and 2010, with lower (but\ud still substantial) growth estimates being identified in late-2005. This paper assesses the\ud appropriateness of the forms of measurement adopted for rail freight activity and argues\ud that achieving stated growth targets or estimates will not necessarily mean that policies\ud encouraging modal shift from road to rail have succeeded. Additional or alternative\ud means of monitoring the level of rail freight activity are discussed, since this is an issue\ud of fundamental importance to policy implementation and evaluation

Topics: UOW1
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  1. (2006). The non-bulk market for rail freight in Great Britain’,

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